Celebrating Member Success

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have recently achieved incredible successes. They cover an array of genres from science-fiction to crime novels, short stories to poetry and biographical tales. Many are first-time novelists whilst others are celebrating being picked up by a publisher. Congratulations to you all, you are a reminder that with continued hard work and ...

Spotlight On…Amanda Ortlepp

Amanda Ortlepp has recently published her first book, Claiming Noah, with Simon & Schuster Australia. It is a story about parenthood, biology and love, set in the inner west of Sydney, where Amanda lives and works. She has attended several courses at the NSW Writers’ Centre and took part in the Mentorship Program where she worked on an early draft of ...

Book Review: The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

I opened this book with great interest and uncertainty about what would greet me. What I found was an intriguing look into the universe and science. Written using 707 of the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language, The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is is a clever and intriguing read. I ...

Interview: Alice Pung on Laurinda

A lawyer, teacher, writer and soon-to-be mother, Alice Pung thrives on juggling several things at the same time. But her passion for writing never wanes. Alice’s first book Unpolished Gem won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award. Her latest book Laurinda has been longlisted for the Stella Prize and shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards. Here she shares her ...

Celebrating Member Success

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have recently achieved amazing successes. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, and others have had their first book published. They are short story writers, children’s writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an inspiration to all of ...

Book Review: Me of the Never Never by Fiona O’Loughlin

Fiona O‘Loughlin’s memoir Me of the Never Never  (published by Hachette) is a great read for fans of this Australian stand-up comedian and a great introduction to her for those who are yet to learn about Fiona’s witty style. The first time I saw Fiona O‘Loughlin’s performance was during a comedy gala concert on television four years ago. I look forward ...

Fiona Wright + Miles Merrill argue the power of poetry

Fiona Wright and Miles Merrill are directors of the upcoming Verse & Voice: A Poetry and Spoken Word Festival at the NSW Writers’ Centre on 14 March. This is an edited transcript of a debate presented by the NSWWC in 2014. FIXED ON THE PAGE On the page, poetry is a slow kind of literature. A slow kind of reading, a slow ...

Spotlight On… Monica Lizama

Monica Lizama was born in Chile, and writes children’s books from a dog’s point of view.   She has a degree in Primary Education from Universidad de Chile, where she worked until she came to live in Sydney with her four children. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Writing from University of Technology, Sydney. She has attended courses at the NSW ...

Digital writing: what’s it all about?

Connor O'Brien is the director of the Digital Writers' Festival held online and in Melbourne next year from 11 - 22 February 2015. He spoke to Amelia Cox about digital literature, the possibilities available to us now for creative projects and whether we should compare what happens in the digital sphere to traditional literary practices (hint: we shouldn't). O'Brien ran a ...

Book review: My Mum Makes by Lothian/Hachette

My Mum Makes is a cheerful and colourful early childhood picture book released by Lothian/Hachette in 2012. It is a walkthrough rather than a narrative, and on each opening the focalising child explains the things that her mum can make and do. Mum makes her get up in the morning, makes a mess with her in the kitchen, makes artwork ...

Pamela Cook on Creative Writing

In your workshop, Wildwords, you'll be teaching students key tools to help them engage with their creativity and to develop stronger writing practices. What do you see as some of the major creative impediments that writers face when they begin a project? The biggest problem for many writers is dealing with the inner critic - that nagging voice in your head that says 'You ...

Interview: Allison Tait on The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World

Allison Tait is a multi-genre writer who has more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. She has written four non-fiction books, including Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies. Her children’s novel The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World has just been released by Hachette, under the name A.L. Tait. It’s the first in ...

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